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The Dade County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting last week with all board members in attendance.

The Board moved quickly to adopt the agenda and approved minutes from previous meetings and moved to information items.

Representatives from Intech explained to the Board the cost of the security systems at Dade Middle, Davis Elementary and additions to Dade High School.

The Board removed the item from the agenda at a recent meeting because of the cost of the systems.

Intech reviewed each school and explained to the Board how some money could be saved by reducing the number of cameras and also reducing the pixels in cameras that don’t need a large coverage area. Examples of those were the ones to be used in hallways.

Jamie Blevins of Blevins Construction informed the Board of problems encountered as work is progressing on the new tennis courts at Dade County High School.

Blevins explained that while they were testing the soil they encountered rutting and rolling soil, especially where the current courts were. “The clay was really wet under the old courts,” he said.

After calling in a soil company, Teracon, he had three recommendations for the Board to consider.

Option one would increase the stone depth by eight inches and require taking out old dirt and adding a geo bridge. This would be the most expensive options at a cost of approximately $74,000.
Option two calls for cutting out 12-24 inches of dirt, add a geo fabric then add good dirt to stabilize the area. This option cost approximately $51,000.

Option three calls for soil stabilization to a depth of 12 inches and requires concrete to be plowed into the soil. This option was recommended by Blevins and Teracon and comes in at an additional cost of $48,900.

The Board asks for a time frame and Blevins thought an additional two weeks should be enough if the weather cooperates. The Board also asked for a price on French drains to help with drainage and those estimates should be to the Board in the next few days.

The Board is expected to approve one of the options at their meeting on July 30th.

Superintendent Cherie Swader told the Board that required training for the coming year needs to be determined soon and suggested the first three hour session be on legal issues in September or October and then wait until January for the remaining six hours until new Board member or members are in place.

Annice Newton reported on estimated figures for the playground renovation at Dade Elementary to make it more handicapped accessible. Game Time from Ft. Payne, Ala., gave two options – one a poured rubber surface with a five–year warranty at $151,472.44 or an interlocking tile surface with a 10 year warranty at a cost of $154,581.44.

The Board requested additional information that should be available by the August meeting.

The Board approved the consent agenda that consisted of contract renewals with eBoard, Dalton State, IEP Online, North Georgia Pediatric Therapies, Family Resource Agency (two agreements) on Head Start/Early Head Start/Pre-K Program and transition agreement; Odysseyware and GSBA property and liability insurance.

Superintendent Swader reported that summer projects are moving along and seemed to be on schedule. The roofing of the high school is 80 percent complete and on track to be finished before school starts. The tile work is back on track after the asbestos abatement has been taken care of and should all be finished soon.

Superintendent Swader also announced Open House dates for the upcoming school year. Dade and Davis Elementarys' Open House will be Aug. 19 from 5-7 p.m.; Dade Middle School also the 19th from 6-7:30 p.m. and Dade High School’s on Sept. 9th.

The Board tabled for 30 days the Sick Leave Bank policy as they look at rescinding or reworking it since it hasn’t been used in some six years.

The Board then went into executive session for personnel and after an hour returned and hired the following:

Teachers Brandi High, Andria Powers, Carissa White and Tammy Smith; Jennifer Jackson as an academic coach; Stacey Daniels, special education paraprofessional; Christina Davis, pre-k paraprofessional and Rachel Fahrney as a Hearing Impaired Teacher.

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